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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Puttu Recipe - Kuzha Puttu - Puttu Kadala Curry Recipe

Puttu Recipe
Puttu Kadala Curry is a Kerala's popular traditional breakfast.I have always been associated with lot of evergreen memories with Kerala as most of our planned trips are in and around Kerala.We have always had great welcoming experience right from the accomodation search to the tourist guides each time. And everytime we make a trip to Kerala I always remind myself that I should taste the very famous combination Puttu Kadala curry but somehow I miss it.
Puttu Recipe
Before I joined my new job here, we had been to Neliyamapathy and thats where I finally tasted puttu kadala curry.So thought its time for me(us) to try it at home....amma makes puttu often but we eat with sugar and coconut but this time I made kadala curry to accompany with it. And I cudnt resist myself so clicked only few pics this time ;) the combination is a match made in heaven!
 Kuzha Puttu Kadala Curry

Kuzha Puttu Recipe

Prep Time: 110 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins    Serves: 2 
Rice Flour - 1 cup
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 2 tbsp (optional)
Salt - as required
Water - as required to sprinkle


  1. Take the flour in a mixing bowl,add required salt to it. Start sprinkling water little by little, mix well.Keep a note that the flour should look like grated coconut or breadcrumbs.Do not add more water, it will become sticky.The right consistency is when you take the prepared flour and close it with your fist it should form a shape.Cluster Beans Usili_step1
  2. You can let it rest for 30mins-1 hr.After resting time if it becomes too dry then sprinkle little more water.Add water to the cooker and let it boil for 2mins.Fit the perforated disc correctly at the bottom of the puttu maker.Then grease the puttu maker and start filling it with the flour mixture then coconut layer alternatively till you reach the rim of the puttu maker.Now attach it the cooker and steam it for 5-7mins in low flame.Turn off heat and let is rest for 2-3mins then gently push it with a wooden laddle or the skewer such that the puttu comes out clean.Cluster Beans Usili_step2
Serve hot with kadala curry.
Puttu Kadala Curry Recipe

Kadala Curry Recipe

Prep Time: 8 hours    |  Cook time:30 mins    |  Serves: 2 | Recipe Reference : Mirch Masala

Kadala (Brown Channa) – 1 cup(soaked in water overnight atleast for 8 hours)
Shallots(Chinna Vengayam) – a handful
Tomato – 1 roughly chopped
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder – 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
Shallots(Chinna Vengayam) – 6 cut into half
Coriander Seeds – 1 tbsp
Dried Red Chilies – 2
Cinnamon – a small piece
Cloves - 2

To temper:

Coconut Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves –few


  1. Pressure cook channa with water(till immersing level) until soft,dont drain water... keep aside.Heat a pan , dry roast all the ingredients listed under 'to roast and grind' till slightly golden brown.Cluster Beans Usili_step1
  2. Transfer to a mixer and grind it to a fine paste, Set aside. Heat oil in a kadai - add the items listed under 'to temper'.Puttu Kadala Curry Recipe_step1
  3. Add shallots and fry till golden brown then add tomato and saute till mushy and raw smell leaves.Then add the coconut paste along with red chilli powder and coriander powder.Add required salt.Puttu Kadala Curry Recipe_step2
  4. Mix well , saute for 3mins then add cooked channa along with water.Allow it to boil.Puttu Kadala Curry Recipe_step3
  5. Once the curry is thick and oil starts seperating and required curry stage is reached, switch off.Puttu Kadala Curry Recipe_step4
Serve with hot puttu / appam.

My Notes:

  • Kadala curry serves as a nice sidedish for rotis, puttu, idiyapam or even aapams.
  • When I googled for kadala curry there were many sites which even suggested to add red chilli and coriander as powders but this freshly ground spice powders gives a very nice flavour.
  • If you dont have puttu maker then just sprinkle it in idli pan and steam it for 10mins
  • Adding elachi and sugar is purely optional when you have kadala curry as sidedish but I like the slight hint of sweetness in my puttu :)
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Thats a mouthwatering dish.This kadala curry also goes very will with appam too.Even this combo i had in allepy.It was also extraordinary.

  2. Nice n yummy combo..looks delicious..:)

  3. A favorite at our home.. and forms a filling weekend breakfast. I make kadala curry very similarly too.

  4. Love this combo so much..kadala curry looks spicy and delicious..yummy breakfast

  5. Looks mouthwatering ..this is my fav its been such a long time since I prepared this :)

  6. A delicious breakfast...love this combo...Adding sugar to puttu while cooking is new to me...

  7. The puttu and the kadala curry looks way too perfect Sahrmilee. Wonderful clicks as usual :)

  8. Love this combination a lot. Urs looks so tempting and tasty..

  9. I've an puttu maker here, still not used it Sharmi..Ur amma made it perrrrfect !!! Awesome combo..

  10. Love the puttu and kadala combo..Tempting clicks! Your step pictures are also awesome.

  11. I heard of it but never got a chance to taste it!!! looks yumM!!!!

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  12. Glad you liked the kadala curry recipe..tempting pics indeed :)

  13. I am a great fannnnnnnnnnnnn of kuzha puttu.Thankkkkkkkkkkk uuuuuuuuuuuuu soooo mucchhh for this wonderfullll recipe.

  14. I have never had puttu before but have heard a lot about it. The rocket machine brings an excitement to me always :P Got to experiment this sometime. Looks damn delicious and the combi of kadala curry is fantastic too :)

  15. Just yesterday, I was telling my husband that I have a craving to taste puttu and kadala curry. Did you read my mind?? Wow, this looks amazing and you are making me yearn for it more. In my home1 (mom's place), we have banana, sugar and ghee to accompany puttu. In my home2 (inlaw's place), we have kadala curry to accompany puttu. I love it both ways. I do not have puttu maker here. So, have to wait till the next time I go home. Whenever I get the craving again, I shall visit your page here and drool... :)

  16. OMG! this looks awesome...my hubby loves this combo and he would kill me if he sees this...as he is asking me to make it from a long time!

    poor guy will surely make for him now ...bookmarked dear!


  17. Yummy recipe. Makes me hungry and grab one.


  18. delicious combination with the puttu looks wonderful

  19. I love how you say Kuzha puttu,sounds cute:).Puttu-kadala-pappadam is a standard Sunday breakfast for us!

  20. wow.. delighted to see my favourite recipe. My mom makes this kula puttu with kadalai and green gram curry. I love them very much . Though i have puttu maker at home, i have never tried once :(. But after seeing urs, i hv decided to make it this weekend :)

  21. Its such a classic combo, I never had this combo yet, sounds delicious and comforting too :)

  22. just two three days back i got this blog! ( through ur comment in vazhayila .Now I am a great fan of ur dishes!
    Nice to read about Puttu kadala , and i really happy to know that u too love this 'malayali prathal'

    By hearty wishes to the upcoming post!

  23. i never had puttu and kadalai curry before surely will try. Thank u so much such for introducing a traditional receipe. Looks very delicious....

  24. never had this combo, though i have heard about this a lot. pictures are too good

  25. wow my fav kerala dish..i am longinf to try these n buy puttu steamer..

  26. Wow nice one sharmi
    its my hubs favourite Put kadala and pappadam
    but we fry coconut bits too while sauting onions.
    that too in coconut oil.
    its truly a kerala dish

  27. Yummy! I just love this dish. Its one of my favorites!

  28. @Reshmi: Adding sugar is purely optional but we like it that way :)
    @schmetterlingwords : Thanks so much, give a try at ur home3(ur kitchen:))its the super tasty combo

  29. U know this is my fav breakfast:-)U hav done it really well:-) especially the kadala curry, looks soo appetizing:-)OOo i am craving for some..

  30. This is my fav one from my childhood days.. cos I had so many Mallu friends .. started liking this when I first had in their home.. this is too good and tempting.

  31. I am a big puttu fan and my mom makes pacha payaru curry with it. That's my most fav combo. Your clicks makes me grab a plate and sit with you for lunch. Its 11.45 am here and I am getting early hunger pranks because of you Sharmi!!! :-)

  32. WOW amazing post..and Puttu is new for me, love this recipe.

  33. comfor food at it's best! one of the beautiful pics of puttu and kadla curry I have come across!

  34. Puttu is something new for me but the kadala curry looks simple delicious :)

  35. @Vijitha : Come join me :)
    @Sia : Aww....thats a great compliment from you :)

  36. இதுவரை இந்த காம்பினேஷனில் சாப்பிட்டதில்லை,படங்களை பார்க்கும்போதே சாப்பிட ஆவலா இருக்கு..

  37. Wow, Wonderful combi.... i tried your kadala curry and my hubby loved it...

    I will update it soon.
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  38. Tried this Yesterday and came out really well..my hubby loved it,,,:)Credits to you Sharmi :) But I got confused with the Step(3) while making the Kadala curry as adding the ground paste given twice. Please clarify and correct me. Anyways thanks a ton to you sharmi:)

  39. @Kalyani: Good to hear that....yes yes now updated it pls check :))

  40. is it that we have to dry roast everything for kadala curry or only coconut

    1. Its is full list under 'to roast and grind'

  41. Tried this recipe today with appam for my husband's birthday :) It came out well.. Just one thing Sharmi. Tomato, red chilli powder and coriander powder are not listed under ingredients but are included in the stepwise recipe.. Thought you might want to correct that.


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